Spinners put India U-19 in charge

India Under-19 289 and 42 for 0 lead Pakistan Under-19 147 by 184 runs

Pakistan Under-19 found themselves on the back foot as they surrendered a 142-run first-innings lead to India Under-19 on the second day of their first four-day match at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

After the Indians had taken their overnight first-innings total of 255 for 7 to 289, Pakistan were dismissed for 147 in reply. By the close of play on the second day, India had increased their overall advantage to 184 with all second-innings wickets intact.

Spinners Piyush Chawla and Sunil Raju captured three wickets each for 39 and 36 runs respectively as the Pakistan batsmen responded erratically. After seamer Abu Nachim Ahmed had dismissed Ahmed Shahzad early, the second-wicket pair added 41. Saadullah Ghauri got 30 while captain Mohammad Ibrahim scored 39. Behram Khan and allrounder Imad Wasim made 23 each but the last six wickets managed to add only 51.

Earlier in the day, fast bowler Raza Rehman captured the three remaining Indian wickets to finish with 3 for 76 off 23.3 overs. India added only 34 more runs to their overnight tally. In the second innings, they were 42 for no loss in 13 overs.

Faisalabad's 17-year old wicket keeper Abdul Rauf acquitted himself well with five dismissals in India's first innings. He held four catches and stumped one batsman.